Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope

Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope

by Jonathan Kozol
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Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first introduction to Jonathon Kozol, and I have since obtained more of his previous works. This is a must-read book for anyone involved in the lives of children. Kozol provides the ideal example of how to respect children and make them feel important just by listening to them. And the stories intertwined throughout drive this point home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Johnathan Kozol speak at a Congregational church in Hartford this summer. I bought this book and cherished the time that I spent reading it. The intimacy with the children at St. Anne's surrounds you like a warm hug. It reminded me of what it was like to be a kid. The courage of Mother Martha and the women who staff the afterschool center give you cause to hope again for the redemption of a society that brands a community and its childeren as expendible. Johnathan Kozol is a remarkable writer and a even more remarkable human being. This should be required reading for every city, state, and federal official before they take office so that they can see the effects of their failed policies on the public.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathon Kozol, a driven former teacher from Boston, has found a spiritual home at St.Anns in the Bronx (my old neighborhood!). He gazes, he listens with wonder at the children,most of whom are forgotten little souls in our society. Best of all, he engages us with their lives, their dreams, their strength. The young people-- and the heroic adults in their world-- become our family too as, indeed, they are. Casually, Kozol assaults a system that makes Mott Haven possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago

Even if you are not a non-fiction fan, this book is worth your diversion from fun, fantasy and someone else's dreamed up story.

I heard on interview with the author on NPR and was so impressed that I ordered the book at once and read it in two sittings.

The stories of Pineapple and her friends in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx are delightful in their own right, but when you add stories from St. Ann's Church and Mother Martha, they make a fabulous book, well-written with much insight and compassion. This book should be required reading for all teachers, and the rest of the human race, too.

I hope this book wins the Nobel/Pulitzer and any other award given to books who tell true and compelling human stories.

Guest More than 1 year ago
If you cry when reading this work, it is because the moments are too beautiful. I often hear that others cry when reading Kozol's other works, but then, they cried because they thought the truth was too hard to bare. Ordinary Resurrections asks us to see children as they really are: their resiliancy and their struggles. It asks us to see hope where we have no right too, such that suddenly you realize how much love there really is in life, even in its toughest moments. As a soon to be school teacher in the inner city, I read this work and learn to forget the doom of statistics and instead see each child as a person ready to grow, designed for goodwill, and overcoming odds if we only nurture her. In introducing his work, Kozol is unafraid to mention his age, his loneliness, and his religion. One senses in this work the light these children have given to his life.
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